Democracy is in thrall to a dangerous new populism

Democracy is in thrall to a dangerous new populism
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Election posters for political parties including the far-right NPD and Buergerbewegung pro Deutschland

People are so discontented and ill at ease that they are increasingly prepared to chance the unknown

If politics is showbiz for ugly people, then Donald J Trump is a star. More puzzling is the commentary that has followed the great debate. By any rational objective standard, the Democratic Party candidate, Hillary Clinton, hit the ball out of the park. Whether or not one likes her or her politics, it was clear that she has thought about the job. There was no comfort forthcoming that Trump has anything but dangerously vague notions of the requirements of the office.

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